Sam Bewley has been busy during the Giro d’Italia, working hard for teammate Caleb Ewan and getting ready for the GC battle on behalf of Esteban Chaves. The Orica GreenEDGE strong man chatted to RoadCycling briefly after crashing in stage 3.
Orica GreenEDGE have gotten off to a solid start in this year’s Giro d’Italia. The opening time trial saw Damien Howson ride to 17th place behind stage winner Tom Dumoulin, while the first two road stages have been all about Caleb Ewan. Ewan placed 7th in day 2 and 12th today, but there has been an added dynamic in the Orica GreenEDGE set up. Esteban Chaves enters this year’s Giro as a genuine GC contender, and thus far Chaves has ridden well to stay towards the front and out of trouble over the flat stages. As for New Zealand’s Sam Bewley, he has his work cut out for both Ewan and Chaves over the next 18 stages.
RC: Three stages in, how would you assess how your Giro has gone so far?
Sam: The first three days have been incredible. We’ve been lucky with the weather and the crowds have been like nothing I have seen before. Makes it feel pretty special and you realise you’re at one of the biggest races in the world.
RC: Does the factor of having two very strong contenders for both sprints – in Caleb Ewan – and GC – in Esteban Chaves – put a much bigger workload on you this time around?
Sam: It’s a different dynamic having a sprinter snd a GC contender here; it really means that we can’t have any days where we switch off. We need to be focussed and alert for 21 days. It’s pretty exciting really and hopefully I can play a diverse roll through out the whole race.
RC: Tell us about how you sustained your injuries.
Sam: I crashed really early in the stage today and lost a fair bit of skin on my right side and I’ve got a few bangs and bruises all over. My wrist is a bit worrying so will have that x-rayed and believe it’s ok. The rest day will be welcomed tomorrow and I’ll go for a spin to try avoid the body getting too stiff then I’ll be good to go for the next 18 days in Italy.